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Started by Cardinal Hordriss, Jul 19, 2018, 09:02 pm

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Cardinal Hordriss

Jul 19, 2018, 09:02 pm Last Edit: Jul 19, 2018, 11:16 pm by Scarfwearer




[noguest]EDIT: Leaked image removed. -- SW[/noguest]
I speak to you from the final days of Gallifrey. I am the past you have forgotten. You are the future I will not live to see...


It's clear the actual prop has 3D printing in the mix. The wood grain-like patterning is typical of printed metal and ceramic. In spite of the precision of the printer, these material produce irregular edges at the boundaries of layers (depending on the resolution).

Cardinal Hordriss

I think the grain is deliberate to be reminiscent of wood. The best 3D printers don't have visible grain like that and it's easy enough to mask.
I speak to you from the final days of Gallifrey. I am the past you have forgotten. You are the future I will not live to see...


Here's a 3D ceramic cup I just picked up a couple of weeks ago. It has exactly the surface detail I was talking about. The pattern probably wasn't smoothed out as an artistic choice, but it is an inherent feature of printing at lower res. Perhaps Rubbertoe (I assume) liked how it looked in the prototype print.


Cardinal Hordriss

Ok, perhaps but I work with 3D printing and it isn't inherent and varies between materials and I still think that this is intentional not a byproduct. If you look at the toy in the packaging pic, on the left, there is what appears to be the same patterning you get around a wood knot, assuming the toy is accurate that would not occur as a result of 3D printing. Parts of the sonic are also smooth and even pitted, it seems unlikely they would smooth finish the grain on one part and not the others but I will ask Nick at some point. Just to clarify I'm not saying that it wasn't 3D printed, only that the wood grain is part of the design and not an unavoidable result of that process especially as the 3D printer used by the production would likely be a rather sophisticated model to reduce the possibility of grain on other props and parts for which it is used.
I speak to you from the final days of Gallifrey. I am the past you have forgotten. You are the future I will not live to see...


The actual sonic is made from cast pewter



Oh that's interesting. The French translation on the packaging - "Tournevis sonique du douzième Docteur" - actually translates as "Twelfth Doctor's sonic screwdriver". I'm assuming this is still a pre-release example!


Interesting design, quite alien/non-terrestial in appearance compared to what's come before.


It's an interesting design. Kind of looks like organic metal to me, like it was grown. The handle end reminds me of an insect, like a wasp's bum (technical term).

Rassilons Rod

In the cities in the streets there's a tension you can feel,
The breaking strain is fast approaching, guns and riots.
Politicians gamble and lie to save their skins,
And the press get fed the scapegoats,
Public Enema Number One.


I agree...it looks like a 3 printed prototype got 18 coats of paint in a hurry and it pitted.  More mystical than high tech.  Have to see what the back story is on its origin.


From what I understand is that Jodie's sonic is made by her Doctor, not by the TARDIS, hence the way it looks the way it does, it's cobbled together. And as I said previously the prop is cast from pewter and is that heavy that Jodie has dropped the prop.
Clearly CO and Seven20 have only been given shots and measurements of the prop rather than given the prop like Nick did with the previous sonic and this is probably why there is a slight discrepancy within the texture on the toys. The pictures are of the prototype, so there's no guarantee that it's what the finished article will look like, but I'd be pretty certain that it probably will end up looking like they are.



The conceptual artist is on Twitter and will be revealing the art once he can. He has done work for previous series.



It opens locks, sets off explosives and alters the circuitry in a mobile phone (somehow), but can it take the lid off a tin of beans?



Quote from: Cardinal Hordriss on Jul 20, 2018, 11:33 pm
Personally I'm not seeing the gun thing...

Reminds me a little of the Next Gen phaser.